Saturday, October 23, 2010


All club plays are written as a group collaboration between the participants and the group leader.
October 23, 2010


Sassun the Winged Frog (Finn)
Flame Breather the Fire God (Olive)
The Moon (Taylor)

Intro. The Moon rises and situates herself in the sky. She gazes down to the Earth below and hones in on the abutting lands of Sassun the Winged Frog and Flame Breather the Fire God. It is clear that there is unnecessary tension and fear between the two neighbors. Fire Breather is threatened by the falls and ponds of Sassun's land because he is afraid that it's waters will extinguish his fires. Sassun keeps his distance from the brimstone and lava pools of Fire Breather's land because he is afraid the heat will parch his waters. Although they recognize one another, the neighbors don't dare traverse the distance between their homes to meet. The moon sees this and says "Something must be done".
I. Every evening when the moon rises it is supper time for the two neighbors. Fire Breather is an exquisite chef. He can braise, broil, grill, roast, scorch or sear ANYTHING just using his breath. He prepares sumptuous feasts fit for an army, but once the cooking is done, he has lost his appetite. A meal just isn't a meal enjoyed when eaten alone.
Sassun enjoys the hunt. He hops around the pond crunching and munching on water bugs, flies, mosquitoes and floating plant matter. He has his fill, but wishes for more warmth and tending at supper time. His hunting is tiring and he is left unfulfilled.
II. After supper time the two usually enjoy an evening pastime. There is nothing more satisfying for Fire Breather than playing his horse-head banjo. Fire Breather will sit by a sulfurous lava pool and pick to his hearts content. Many times Sassun will overhear the distant music and singing. His favorite thing to do is to dance! Flapping his wings and hopping wildly, his jumping jig is ecstatic. He often wishes that the music were only a bit nearer, so that the vibrations could resonate near to his heart. Fire Breather often wishes that he had an audience when he played horse-head banjo.
III. Most times, when Fire Breather is done with his evening pastime, he will tend to his fires longing to have someone to attend to. As he stares into the dancing flames, he wishes for someone to talk to. When Sassun is done with his evening pastime, he often meditates at his pond. Peering into his own reflection, he wishes the face peering back would speak. This nightly ritual is followed by sleep.
IV. On this particular evening the moon chooses to intervene. "Something must be done," she says. She fetches two small envelopes and sneaks out of the sky to the home of Sassun and then to the home of Fire Breather, leaving the envelopes on their doorsteps. The next morning the surprises are found. "It is an invitation..." States Fire Breather in a delighted manner, " the Equinox Masquerade Party hosted by the Moon!" Says Sassun excitedly. The two spend the whole day preparing their costumes for the party.
V. That night, the moon rises and then descends from the sky into a meadow near the fire and water lands. Met by a the masked Sassun and Fire Breather, the 3 dance and sing the night away. When too tired to carry on, the moon asks the two to remove their masks. The neighbors are shocked to see that they have been enjoying the very person they fear -- all evening long. The Moon says, "It is done..." And returns to her place in the sky. From then on Fire Breather and Sassun are freed from their fear. They can begin traversing the distance between them to meet halfway, to have the friendship they were longing for. It starts... with music and dance!

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